In 2003 I started a small business, a tiny merchandising company. I don’t write about this often on my blog, probably because there isn’t much to say. LOL. I design windows for malls. When I have a project, I work on it on the weekends so it doesn’t interfere with my regular job. I have projects about 4 times a year. It’s nice to have a little extra cash and a creative outlet.
Over the weekend I had a project in San Antonio at Riv*rcenter Mall. A department store was recently bought out by the mall and until they decide what to do with the space, the windows are empty. The mall assigns different stores to each space. I pick up their merchandise and signage and create a window. I have a prop room at the mall with items I’ve accumulated over the years.
Here are a few examples of what I’ve done. These pictures are terrible because of the reflection on the windows. Also, there are black dividers between the windows but they're not installed yet. Sorry.
Over the weekend I did a window for a cigar store in the mall. When I arrived to get their merchandise, the owner gave me empty cigar boxes for the window design. I asked him if he ever sold the empty cigar boxes. He said, “Yes, come back when you’re done working.” Check out these very cool cigar boxes. The plain wood boxes were $2 each and the regular boxes were a $1 each. I can’t wait to do something crafty and fun with these! I’ve thought about painting them and adding embellishments. I’ve seen the cigar box purses but I know I’d never carry it, so I’ve ruled out that idea. Any suggestions?